The WannaGOFAST event in Clayton, Georgia, last weekend brought 125 awesome cars together to put the pedal to the metal for a full half-mile on a private runway. Racers arrived at Heaven's Landing Airpark before sunrise on both Saturday and Sunday, and had to pass strict tech inspection and attend a drivers meeting before lining up to try their luck. While it was cold and in the low-40s when we arrived at the track around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, by midday it had warmed up into the high-70s and the sun heated up the track. A standard tree set-up at the beginning of the track was familiar to most racers, while a display of bright-yellow cones at the trap signaled drivers to let off and apply brakes after passing through.
The day started slow - some didn't even get one run in before lunch for drivers was provided by Chick-fil-A. Small airplanes landed during the hour break, providing a spectacular show to unwind. Once racing reconvened, wait-time decreased drastically. The issue seemed to be a lack of a return road; this is an airport after all (not a drag strip). Drivers had a half-mile shutdown area and had to turn around at the end and come back up the runway to exit safely before the next pair could launch. Of course, in the event of an equipment failure, tow-trucks and a medical crew were on-hand to come to the rescue.
The beautiful setting between the Blue Ridge Mountains added to the adrenaline-charged atmosphere. Among the abundance of impressive automobiles were a select few Mopars - mostly Vipers.
We brought along our own stock-as-a-rock 1996 Viper RT/10 equipped with Michelin Pilot PS2 tires and RaceQuip-supplied safety equipment, which trapped 135 mph, coming through the finish line in fourth-gear. According to Motor Trend, the RT/10 coupe, which comes equipped with an 8.0L V-10 engine, is rated at 420 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, tops out around 170 mph, and is capable of a 12.1 quarter-mile time at 119.1 mph. So it seems our half-mile passes were right on the money.
When we asked Jim Foos, Group Publisher and owner of our '96 Viper, what he thought of the event as a whole, he told us, "It was a great experience! Easier and just as much fun as drag racing; any car can run . . . plus, no looking in the rearview mirror for flashing red and blue lights!"
Raw, all-out racing against a breathtaking backdrop and a friendly and organized staff making sure the event ran smoothly made for an intense and exciting weekend for drivers and spectators alike!
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